Today’s title seems simple, but for me it encompasses so many parts of my life. And on beautiful days, I find lots of the good bits swirling together like a great blended vintage. Today, on day #200 of this little blogging exercise, my glass was filled with an Australian Malbec, that I shared with fellow a wine anthropologist ,whose thesis helped me through mine (thank you Bill Skinner!), and as I got up to leave, I noticed some bottles on display in the window: there, snuggled next to each other were none other than Château Beychevelle and Château Lynch-Bages, the two French case studies from my PhD.
By pure chance I happened to take a sip of Riesling right after I’d eaten a square of dark chocolate. Quelle belle surprise! What a delightful flavour combination – the fruity, acidity of the Riesling perfectly complements the bittersweet smoothness of the dark chocolate.
The details: Mount Langi Ghiran 2015 Cliff Edge Riesling (from my cellar) with Cadbury Bournville Classic Dark Chocolate (on half price special at Coles).
How I love a vinous adventure. Argentinian wine is not yet part of my expertise, thus I am enjoying discovering and exploring what the country has to offer. As is the case all over the world, there are lots of cheap and nasty wines here, however, step the budget up over $6 Australian dollars and things get interesting and pleasurable. A delicious bottle of bubbles ($7) preceded a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon ($6) this evening. Both wines were very well balanced, with complex palates and long finishes; fairly classic examples of the varieties but with a definite Argentinian edge – I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s just a bit different from wines form other parts of the world.
Yesterday’s Malbec in the Art Deco surroundings of Café Rivas was also very nice, even if it was slightly disconcerting to be drinking it from a Martini branded glass!
For anyone who knows even a little, this is really a no-brainer – wine tasting makes me very happy. Where to start with all the things I love about it? First there’s the sensory pleasure, lighting up my flavour, aroma and texture receptors. Then there’s the joy of learning new things, both sensory and intellectually (I love wine stories so much I did a PhD on it). And there’s also the social aspect of tasting with other people and talking to wine producers. I would be lying if I didn’t mention the alcohol – wine tasting means it gets absorbed at a very measured pace, enough to make me happy but not drunk. Cheers!